possibly early 1900s
Wood and paint
Overall: 45 x 36 x 36 cm (17 11/16 x 14 3/16 x 14 3/16 in.)
Weight: 3.88 kg (8.55 lbs.)
René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2016.56
The mask was vividly painted while in use. Look closely at its surface to see traces of blue, red, and white paint.
Bolo masks are primarily danced for entertainment during communal occasions like funerals, male initiations, and harvest celebrations. Comprising both animal and human features, the mask––always worn by a male dancer––refers to the cultural significance of the ram, an animal associated with male aggression across sub-Saharan Africa.
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